The Kings got an unlikely hat trick, while the Preds got a gift from Byfuglien in our morning recap.
It was a busy night in the NHL, but we’ve got you covered in the morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
Headshots have been a frontburner issue all season, with Buffalo’s John Scott really putting the matter up for debate the other day. But last night Zdeno Chara put a high hit on San Jose’s Tommy Wingels that once again brings up the thorny issue of body proportion. Chara, at 6-foot-9, towers over most players (as does Scott, for that matter), so some of his hits may not have bad intentions, but still end up that way. Legislating malicious hits is easy, but what should the NHL do about the grey area collisions?
Dallas rookie Alex Chiasson has seriously been en fuego so far and this effort was part of his two-goal night in a 5-1 drubbing of Calgary:
Men of the Night
Dwight King, Los Angeles: The big grinder found his scoring touch in L.A.’s 7-4 destruction of Phoenix, netting a hat trick for the Kings.
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: The Bolts’ franchise player continued his scoring prowess, putting up two goals and four points in a 6-5 OT win over the Blackhawks.
Tomas Plekanec, Montreal: The turtlenecked killa had a goal and two helpers for the Habs as they took out Anaheim 4-1 on home ice.
David Krejci, Boston: Talk about timing; Krejci tipped in the winner for Boston in the last second of play to give the B’s a 2-1 victory over the Sharks. It was San Jose’s first regulation loss of the year.
Better Luck Next Time
Dustin Byfuglien beat up on Nashville’s Craig Smith several times during the game, but when Big Buff coughed up the puck in overtime, Smith got the last laugh by burying it and the Preds had a 3-2 win over Winnipeg.